There was some wonderful scoring in hot conditions when Jeff Beaseley won the July Stableford with a massive 45pts. Twenty five people managed to beat the par of 36pts. Alex Sandham came second with 42pts and with 41pts were Sam Messenger, Steve Shepherd and Andres Valentine.
On Wednesday 8th July the Senior Section played for the IC Mann and G Tweed Trophies together with the T Davis over 70's and over 80's Cups. The weather was warm one minute and throwing it down with rain the next. Phillip Spratt-Callaghan overcame the conditions to win the IC Mann Scratch Trophy with a score of 79 despite being stung by a wasp. The nett winner was Terry Lingham, scoring 68, he also won the T Davis over 70's Cup. The T Davis over 80's winner was Roy Meller scoring nett 36 over the front nine holes and Bill Blackhall won the G Tweed Trophy for his putting prowess on the greens.
The Open Championship
The 144th Open Championship starts on July 16th at St Andrews. It seems extra special when it's held there and I know the amount of players trying to qualify for the Open when it's held at St Andrews always increases. The famous course can yield many birdies when conditions are benign yet prove hugely difficult when the wind blows. Unfortunately Rory McIlroy will not be fit enough to defend his title but it will be interesting to see if Jordan Spieth can continue his amazing form in the Majors. We do have an Open Sweepstake running in the Pro Shop, there aren't many boxes left so come in and put your name down to stand a chance of winning. Colin McLeod and Dave Roffe came out as winners of the last two Major Sweepstakes, so don't miss out.
Click here to see some great shots from the last time The Open was played at St Andrews in 2010.
My Spanish Adventure
As many of you will be aware I was away cycling to Spain for charity. We finally arrived back home at 1am on Tuesday morning after travelling back from Paris. My cycling colleague Morley Smith and I had a great adventure. At times the faith in human nature was restored with a few kind people helping us with directions and water as the temperature reached 100 degrees.
After our second day the trip was one big hill after another. The downhill parts were great but going uphill was quite a challenge as they were rather long and rather steep. We had a couple of roads that were closed and one of those gave us a 20 mile detour which is no problem in a car but on a bike it was a struggle. The good parts were the beautiful scenery in France, the mountains that we went over were fantastic and reaching our final destination brought about a large number of emotions. It was pretty cool that one minute we were in France, we then climbed a hill and went down the other side to Portbou in Spain.
If you asked me if I will do something like that again, my answer at the moment would be no, but I have run two marathons, completed the three peaks, cycled from Land's End to John O'Groats and cycled to Spain, so it is obvious I am a glutton for punishment.
This week's events
Saturday 11th July - Mid Handicap league 11.45am-12.35pm
Club v Whipsnade 12.45pm-2.00pm
Sunday 12th July - Mens Monthly Medal 6.30am-12.30pm
Junior Medal 1.45pm-2.30pm
Monday 13th July - No reservations
Tuesday 14th July - Ladies Stableford 10.15am-2.30pm
Wednesday 15th July - Seniors v South Beds 8.30am-10.15am
Thursday 16th July - Aylesbury Park Ladies GS 11.30am-12.30pm
Friday 17th July - No reservations